Sony is continuing its trend of including a PlayStation 5 game in its PlayStation Plus lineup and, once again, it’s a brand new title. Annapurna Interactive’s gorgeous-looking puzzle game Maquette will make its debut on March 2 as part of the month’s PS Plus lineup.
The game will be playable on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and free for those who are PS Plus subscribers. It will also launch that same day for PC via Steam.
This is the fifth month in a row that PlayStation Plus has included a new PS5 game in its lineup: Bugsnax (Nov. 2020), Worms Rumble (Dec. 2020), Maneater (Jan. 2021), Destruction AllStars (Feb. 2021). I have to say, though, Maquette is probably the game I’ve been most excited to play among these new releases.
Maquette is a puzzle game that is set in a recursive world where players must navigate memories and experience the life cycle of a loving relationship by “exploring worlds-within-worlds filled with awe-inspiring architecture.”
Maquette‘s puzzles look to require some seriously creative, out-of-the-box thinking. Relying on the recursive environment and object size manipulation, the puzzles are very much inspired by the iconic MC Escher.
Driving this puzzle-solving is a “an adventure of love, loss, and acceptance” — a story of a loving relationship between two characters Kenzie and Michael, who are voiced by Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards nominee Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World,” “The Help,”) and Saturn Awards nominee Seth Gabel (“Fringe,” “Nip/Tuck”). That’s some serious star power.
It sounds like these puzzles will be representative of the ongoing story. The description for Maquette teases:
In Maquette, you will explore the scales of everyday problems in a modern-day love story. Where sometimes the smallest of issues can become insurmountable obstacles.
The first thing that drew me into this game is easily the visuals. The environments are simply stunning and I can’t wait to jump in and experience the recursive puzzle-solving elements. While I was mesmerized by the visuals, it now sounds like the story will be equally as gripping.